According to statistics compiled by the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 54 million American adults have received an arthritis diagnosis, in addition to nearly 300,000 children. For those living in and around Parsippany and Brick, New Jersey, Mehul Shah, DO, Andrew Sim, MD, Ketan Patel, MD, and the team at Interventional Pain Consultants offers comprehensive arthritis care. To learn more about treatments for arthritis, call the office or book online today.
Arthritis is not a single condition; rather, it’s a term used to describe a collection of more than 100 different types of joint disease. It’s also the leading cause of disability in the nation and accounts for substantial missed time from work.
While arthritis is more common in older adults, anyone can develop the condition at any age.
Joint pain is the most common symptom of arthritis, but there are other things to keep an eye out for, including:
Symptoms can range from mild to debilitating and can be steady or intermittent. You might notice your symptoms are worse after physical exertion or changes in weather.
There are a variety of ways to treat arthritis, and the right treatment plan for you depends on many different factors. During your consultation, a physical exam and imaging tools are used to learn more about the extent of your condition.
Medications might play a role in treating your arthritis. Some drugs work to decrease pain, while others lessen inflammation. There are special medications to address rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that leads to widespread joint pain.
Your treatment plan may also include:
Corticosteroids are a type of drug that works to reduce inflammation while also suppressing your immune system. Available in oral and injectable forms, these medications can provide temporary relief while you complete physical therapy or prepare for surgery.
Physical therapy is a great way to treat arthritis. This approach focuses on strengthening the muscles that support your joint and extending your range of motion.
In many cases, you can take steps to lessen arthritis pain by improving your overall lifestyle. Changing your diet and getting more exercise not only helps your body function at peak levels, but it can also help you lose weight, taking the excess strain off your joints.
Assistive devices can also be a good way to protect your joints from further damage. Canes, shoe inserts, raised toilet seats, and walkers are just some of the available options.
To explore these and other treatment options in greater detail, call Interventional Pain Consultants, or schedule an appointment online at any time.